28 days in Continental USA Itinerary

28 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 2 nights
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Fargo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Custer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bismarck
— 2 nights
Drive
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Medora
— 2 nights
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Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Astoria
— 2 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take a stroll through Lincoln Park, explore the activities along Chicago River, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Lakefront Trail, then admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally wander the streets of The Loop.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Chicago is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Chicago is minus 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in June, with highs in Chicago at 32°C and lows at 20°C. You'll set off for Duluth on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Trails

Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Stoney Point and then kick back and relax at Brighton Beach Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Duluth trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Duluth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Duluth at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fargo

— 2 nights
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Red River Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, and then contemplate the long history of Bonanzaville. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Edgewood Golf, then get engrossed in the history at Fargo Air Museum, then browse the exhibits of Comstock House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fargo trip planner.

Getting from Duluth to Fargo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in June: high temperatures in Fargo hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Fargo

Historic Sites · Museums · Golf · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 26th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Custer travel route planner.

Fly from Fargo to Custer in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Fargo to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fargo in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 26°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Bismarck

— 2 nights
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site, then see the interesting displays at North Dakota State Railroad Museum, and then play a few rounds at Hawktree Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Cross Ranch State Park, steep yourself in history at Fort Mandan, then take an in-depth tour of The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Keelboat Park.

Plan trip to Bismarck with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Custer to Bismarck in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Bismarck. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in June; daily highs in Bismarck reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medora

— 2 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 29th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Little Missouri National Grassland. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Post Office, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Painted Canyon Overlook, and then explore by horseback at Maah Daah Hey Trail.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Medora road trip planning website.

You can drive from Bismarck to Medora in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Helena.

Things to do in Medora

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Helena

— 2 nights
Helena is the capital city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Helena, admire the striking features of Original Governor's Mansion, and then take in the exciting artwork at Archie Bray Foundation. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Gates of the Mountains.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helena trip builder.

Getting from Medora to Helena by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sky.

Things to do in Helena

Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Big Sky

— 2 nights
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Take a break from the city and head to Ousel Falls Trail and Lava Lake Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Big Sky Resort and Beehive Basin Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at The Soldiers Chapel, don't miss a visit to Big Sky Chapel, and take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Big Sky trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Helena to Big Sky in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Helena in July, expect Big Sky to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, and finally get outside with Morning Glory Pool.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip site.

Drive from Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Yellowstone National Park can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puget Sound Express and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, kick back and relax at Alki Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and stroll around Kerry Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Seattle travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Astoria

— 2 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Visiting Cannon Beach and Cathedral Tree Trail will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Lightship Columbia and Lewis & Clark Salt Works. Step out of Astoria with an excursion to Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Astoria Column and make a trip to Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Astoria online journey builder.

Drive from Seattle to Astoria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Astoria hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 13th (Wed), you're off to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 14th (Thu), cruise along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Well, then admire the majestic nature at Yachats State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Smelt Sands State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Seal Rock State Wayside. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Agate Beach State Recreation Site and then hike along Mike Miller Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport trip planning app.

You can drive from Astoria to Newport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Astoria in July, with highs in Newport at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.